Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail

Joshua Tree National Park, California

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Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Riverside County, California. It is within Joshua Tree National Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 2,186 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 0 feet. The Cholla Cactus Garden information board, the Cholla Cactus Garden Parkarea parking, and the Cholla Cactus Garrden attraction are near the trailhead.
Distance: mi Elevation: ft
Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Riverside County, California. It is within Joshua Tree National Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 2,186 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 0 feet. The Cholla Cactus Garden information board, the Cholla Cactus Garden Parkarea parking, and the Cholla Cactus Garrden attraction are near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Joshua Tree National Park
Distance: 0.3
Trailhead Elevation: 2,186 feet
Top Elevation: 2,186 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail
Parks: Joshua Tree National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 2185/2186 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2186/2185 ft
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Hiking California's Desert Parks

Hiking California's Desert Parks

This massive array of cholla, a common species of the Colorado (Sonoran) Desert, is impressive even when it is not in bloom. From mid- to late February to mid-March, there is intense bee activity at the garden. Those with sensitivity or phobias about bees should avoid visiting at the pollination season. A short, easy nature trail on the lower edge of the transition from Mojave to Colorado desert.

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Hiking Southern California

Hiking Southern California

This easy stroll in the Mojave Desert/Colorado Desert transition zone of Pinto Basin leads through a dense stand of tall Bigelow cholla cactus. Joshua Tree National Park has a number of excellent self-guiding nature trails, and the Cholla Garden Nature Trail may well be one of the best. It is also the most remote, located on the western margins of lonely Pinto Basin in the center of the park, at the transition zone between the Mojave Desert and the lower—and hotter—Colorado (Sonoran) Desert. The trail, nearly level all the way, features numbered posts keyed to an interpretive pamphlet available for a small fee from a dispenser at the trailhead. Anyone traveling through this part of the park is urged to stop here. Stretch your legs, and enjoy this unusual stroll through a cactus garden in remote Pinto Basin.

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1/25/2007
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Cool little area. Great to see such a variance in what grows over patches of land



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